If you’re into audio production (and we’re guessing that if you follow this blog, you probably are), then you love plugins. And the only thing better than the plugins you have now, is getting more plugins. Because then, you have more plugins. And as we covered above, you’re an audio producer. Who loves plugins.
The engineers at Germany’s HOFA software company understand this need for MOAR PLUGINS. That’s why they developed a plugin system called… System. Now, you know how plugins work. You add them one at a time to your tracks and then twiddle their various knobs and sliders for days at a time. And that works fine. But HOFA looked at that and thought, “Hey, Dawg. We heard you like plugins so we put more plugins in your plugins.” HOFA System itself is a plugin but it’s made up of a whole series of effects and processors that run inside System, thus giving you a plugin that’s essentially made up of other plugins.
HOFA began previewing System last year and plugin lovers cursed that they’d have to wait for an official release. But the wait is over, as System 1.5 is now officially on the street.
HOFA is offering introductory pricing for System 1.5 at $59.99 euros. This initial price point expires August 31, 2017.
German audio-production software company HOFA has launched its second Produktions and Song Check Contest. The contest asks songwriters and producers to submit one original song in exchange for a chance to win different prizes:
The PSC is a competition especially for songwriters and producers. Our declared goal is the provision of a common platform and the promotion of outstanding talents.
Who can join in?
Any solo artist, team, band etc. can join in with a song of their own (!). Each participant can submit ONE track; remixes and coversongs are excluded. Send us your song if you believe it‘s a brillant piece of songwriting and production. The participation is free!
HOFA’s contest allows producers to submit songs in these main genres:
- Electronic Music
- World Music
- Rock/Heavy Metal
- Traditional Music
Each main genre has attendant sub-genres that allow participants to select the category that works best for their songs.
Winners of the song contest will be eligible to receive prizes from a number of different audio-production companies:
- 500 € Main Prizes for each category
- 100 € vouchers for HOFA plugins
- 1 pair of KSD-C5 audio monitors
- 1 Shure KSM-42 microphone
- 4 software prizes from Steinberg
- 1 pair of Adam F5 audio monitors
- 500 € voucher for Thomann
HOFA’s song contest runs until July 31st and is open to anyone submitting original music. Click any of the links above to learn more about the contest.
It’s crucial to ensure the space where you’re producing audio is properly soundproofed. This type of treatment will ensure that the sounds your capturing and hearing are as accurate as possible. And while it’s easy to trust the soundproofing and acoustics in a static environment that’s specifically designed for audio production, it can be a different story in remote locations or places that just can’t be permanently soundproofed. So what’s to be done in these circumstances? You can press the record button and hope for the best. You can try DIY soundproofing techniques like hanging blankets. But why not use a product specifically designed for this purpose? That’s where HOFA Akustik’s Mobile Wall comes in:
The Mobile Wall can be fitted with HOFA Diffusors, Absorbers and Acrylic Glass modules and is – due to its 4 rolls – easily movable from one recording situation to the next. Available in 4 different sizes (with heights up to 2,45 m), it will be a perfect part of your daily studio work.
A Mobile Wall can be outfitted with the different sound treatments mentioned above and is built on a wooden frame with four casters underneath, so it’s easy to move between different locations.
HOFA Akustik Mobile Walls come in a range of sizes and options. Pricing begins at 199.90 EUR.
Audio-production software developer HOFA has released a new plugin called 4U+ DynamicTiltEQ. HOFA is billing it as “the world’s only available freeware TiltEQ,” boasting that users can “use just one knob for the perfect balancing of low and high frequencies on the highest audio level.”
HOFA came up with a “wish list” of all of the features they’d like to see in a TiltEQ plugin, and then proceeded to include all of them in 4U+ Dynamic TiltEQ:
- Gain/cut up to 24 dB
- Variable tilt width for transparent adjustments as well as musical sound shaping
- Splittable bass and treble tilt
- Low and highcut filter (6 & 12 dB/octave)
- Individual routing for stereo, mid, side left and right processing
- Up to 32x oversampling
The 4U+ Dynamic TiltEQ plugin is freeware and can be installed thru the free HOFA-Plugins Manager. The plugin works with Windows 7/8/10, Vista and Windows XP, as well as Intel Macs running OS 10.6 or later. HOFA provides AU, VST, VST3, RTAS and AAX versions of the plugin in both 32 and 64 bit configurations. HOFA has tested the plugin and confirmed it works with Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo/Wavelab, MOTU Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Magix Samplitude/Sequoia, Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, Presonus Studio One, and Cockos Reaper digital audio workstations.